Inside the Studio with Janet Hart

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Character Conundrum: Literary Lessons for Pianists in Schumann's Kreisleriana

Robert Schumann's oeuvre owes structural and inspirational credit to the works of numerous German romantic authors. However, some aspects of his literature-inspired compositional style are more often discussed than others.1 Numerous authors have written about the highly fragmented nature of Schumann's piano cycles, including Kreisleriana,...
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Inside the Studio with Arlene Steffen

 Neisha started lessons in August 2016 and she is 9 years old. She completed CA Certificate of Merit Level 2 in February and is working primarily from Keith Snell's Piano Repertoire Level 2. She recently finished Streabbog's Pleasant Morning and Mozart's Minuet in F Major. Current repertoire includes Schumann's Wild Rider and LaTour's Sonatina...
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Beyond Debussy & Ravel: Discovering the Piano Music of Déodat de Séverac

Due to a long association with C. Leonard Coduti, a musicologist who specializes in French music, I became intrigued with his knowledge of French keyboard music "beyond Debussy and Ravel." I began exploring his many recommendations and have found myself fully entranced, fascinated, and amazed at the prolific output of so many wonderful French ...
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The Hidden Life of the Humble Arabesque

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In a letter of July 1910 to Jacques Durand, Claude Debussy announced that, as an artist, he was "accustomed to living among apparitions." Exactly what form those apparitions took is anybody's guess, but some may well have appeared in the form of arabesques, and not always friendly ones at that. Despite the fact that arabesques are so innocuous ...
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Appropriate Arrangements

We are flooded today with a wide variety of musical arrangements. Through the years, I have heard Bach's Toccata in D Minor used as a video game accompaniment, Mozart's "Turkish March" in a toy cell phone, Poulton's "Aura Lee" (a.k.a. "Love Me Tender") played in a very quick tempo for a dog commercial, and Chopin and Bach melodies serving as the ba...
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Pupil Saver: Caribbean Blue

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I teach in a piano camp every summer—it is the highlight of my summer and I so look forward to working with students in this setting. I have just listened to the audition of my prospective student for the camp: a boy in middle school who is playing at the intermediate level. The purpose of the audition is to assess his level of playing and sight re...
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From the Artist Bench with Andrew Cooperstock

Sonata in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
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From the Artist Bench with Jerry Wong

Funérailles by Franz Liszt
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The Composer's Score from Conception to Publication: The Evolution of Ginastera's Piano Sonata No. 2

Pianists, when learning repertoire, are not always aware of the challenges faced in producing a published edition. Some composers seem to frequently change their minds, making it difficult for scholars to agree upon a definitive score. Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 53, by Alberto Ginastera is an interesting case study. I first encountered this work when ...
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Winter 2020: Pupil Saver

First steps into Ragtime If you're looking for a lively early-intermediate piece in ragtime style, you can find it in the music of Florence B. Price, one of America's preeminent African American composers. Ticklin' Toes checks all of the ragtime boxes, yet in a way that is accessible for students who are not advanced enough to tackle the music...
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Preparing for Sonatinas

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Khachaturian: Ivan Sings

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Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one William Bolcom The Plaid Miss from MonsterpiecesDmitri Kabalevsky Little Story, Op. 27, No. 2Alexander Gretchaninoff Farewell, Op. 98, No. 4 Get Ready: Creative activities to explore before the first encounter with the score, to p...
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Streabbog: A Pleasant Morning, Op. 63, No. 1

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Preparation and Presentation Context: Pieces that are helpful to have experienced or played before approaching this one Nancy Faber – Classic Sonatina (1st movement)Cornelius Gurlitt – 24 Easy Melodious Studies, Op. 50, no. 1Any additional pieces in which standard scale fingerings appear Get Ready: Creative activities to explore before the first en...
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Purposeful Approaches To Introducing Elementary Repertoire

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Autumn 2019: Pupil Saver

Olive Dungan's intermediate solo, The Peacock (a Poem without Words) was first published in 1953. I have found that students today still delight in this musical depiction of a beautiful majestic bird. Olive writes in the score, "The composer trusts that the pianist will create the magnificent and slow walk of the peaco...
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Diversifying Concert Programming: Introducing Works for Solo Piano by Asian Female Composers

As a performing musician, I am always looking for ways to expand my concert repertoire, not only to promote diversity in music programming but also to spark interest in both students and audiences by introducing fresh voices into traditional classical repertoire. In my search for solo piano works, I came across three Asian female composers who have...
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Undiscovered Gems of Canadian Pedagogical Piano Literature: The Works of Violet Archer, Jean Coulthard, and Barbara Pentland

Canadian composers Violet Archer, Jeanne Coulthard, and Barbara Pentland were three amazing women composers representing different parts of Canada: Archer from Quebec, Coulthard from British Columbia, and Pentland from Manitoba. Even though they came from and represent the broad, expansive country of Canada, they did have some commonalities: all th...
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Brazilian Dance Music For Intermediate and Early Advanced Students

Francisca (Chiquinha) Gonzaga is one of the most important Brazilian composers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Born in 1847 in Rio de Janeiro, her personal life was considered scandalous for her time. Her father never forgave her for leaving her husband, and she was disowned by her family. She was the first professional woman composer ...
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Elementary and Early-Intermediate Piano Music by Women

Every piece students play creates an opportunity to make an emotional impression on themselves and others. Experiencing a variety of well-chosen literature helps students to further their studies more artistically and joyfully. Teachers often wisely select literature based on students' technical and musical needs. By also considering a possible per...
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